Fragment of a Marble Sarcophagus

Date: 8th century (?)

Geography: Made in Southwestern France

Culture: Frankish

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: Overall: 16 1/2 x 29 1/4 in. (41.9 x 74.3 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Stone

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1925

Accession Number: 25.120.590


The monogram of Christ along with the Greek letters alpha and omega, referring to Christ as the beginning and end of all things, were common motifs on Christian tombstones. This piece—like several others from this region—oddly displays the alpha and omega upside down, probably a mistake on the part of the non-Greek-speaking sculptor.